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James Paxton
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Baseball Player
    (November 6, 1988- )
    Born in Ladner, British Columbia, Canada
    Pitcher for the Seattle Mariners (2013-18) and the New York Yankees
    Attended the University of Kentucky
    Pitched a no hitter (May 8, 2018)
    He is nicknamed 'The Big Maple' as a result of his Canadian roots.
    He has a large tattoo of a maple leaf on his left arm.
    He was initially drafted by the Blue Jays in the first round of the 2009 Draft, but refused to sign a contract with them.
    He spent his formative years on a poor Mariners team.
    He was remembered in mainstream circles for having a bald eagle land on him prior to a game (2018).
    He converted from a reliever to a starting pitcher while at the University of Kentucky.
    He admitted he stayed calm as the eagle was on his shoulder as he didn't want to aggravate the animal.
    He was the first Canadian born player to pitch a no-hitter in 73 years (May 8, 2018).
    He is the first Canadian born pitcher to accomplish the feat on Canadian soil.
    He is the second pitcher in Yankees history to strike out 12+ hitters in consecutive starts.

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